How You Can Support Our Neighbors through the Winter Storm

February 16, 2021

This week has impacted everyone across Texas and served as a great reminder not to take for granted the ability to heat our homes, access clean drinking water, and readily prepare nutritious food. Many of our Dallas neighbors have tried to survive the brutal temperatures without shelter or necessary supplies. And our community's nonprofit sector has once again been called upon to provide a Herculean response, while simultaneously assembling the resources necessary to do so, discovering unexpected repairs caused by the storm and caring for their own families and homes. We'd be remiss if we didn't take this opportunity to encourage you if you are in a position to do so, to consider supporting these organizations.

  • Austin Street Center - For over 30 years, Austin Street Center has specialized in caring for the most vulnerable homeless men and women in Dallas. Beyond meeting basic needs, Austin Street is committed to individualized care for each person. Clients are in need of warm clothing. Austin Street is requesting donations of sweatpants, hoodies and long sleeve shirts for men and women, sizes L-4X, thick gloves, boots (all sizes), and coats (sizes 3XL and up). Donations can be dropped off Sun-Sat, 9-5 pm at 2929 Hickory Street.  Monetary donations may be made here.
  • The Bridge Homeless Recovery Center - The Bridge is a Homeless Recovery Center for individuals without a home in Dallas County. Their doors are open twenty-four hours per day, seven days a week, and is the only shelter in Dallas providing day shelter services to all adults experiencing homelessness. The Bridge has a list of winter weather needs for their clients updated on their Amazon wish list that you can purchase and have shipped straight to the Center.
  • Buckner Children and Family Center at Bachman Lake – Monetary donations to purchase food, blankets, water and supplies can be made here.
  • Jubilee Park and Community Center is seeking blankets, non-perishable items and monetary donations to purchase food, blanket, water and supplies for neighbors. Donations may be made here.
  • Our Calling - Our Calling is a faith-based organization that leads the homeless to live a healthy and sustainable lifestyle by building lasting relationships and making disciples on the streets. Volunteers are needed at the Convention Center  - sign up here. The organization has also had a pipe burst in their building, causing flooding and damage. Monetary donations may be made herePlease note they do not need any more blankets/clothes/pillows/etc.
  • Family Gateway - Family Gateway provides stability and life-changing supportive services to children and families affected by homelessness.
  • The Family Place - Last week,  a pipe at their emergency shelter burst and they have had to move 52 women and 71 children from our shelter to a new, offsite location. To support these housing efforts and repairs, donate here.
  • Genesis Women’s Shelter had to be completely shut down due to an extended total power outage. Additionally, the pipes burst in the transitional housing unit Annie’s House, flooding apartments, offices and the on-site school. Because of this, all residents on the safe campus have been temporarily relocated to alternative safe locations. They are in need of blankets, warm clothing items, flashlights, batteries and meals. They’re also hoping to raise enough funds to purchase two commercial automatic generators to prevent this from happening again in the future. Donate here. www.genesisshelter.org/donate
  • The Human Impact - Sign up to make and deliver meals to our neighbors experiencing homelessness that are in hotels at the moment.
  • Our Friends Place has had pipes burst in their facility. Donations are being accepted here.
  • Promise House Dallas - Promise House is leading the charge to end youth homelessness in North Texas, moving youth in crisis toward safety and success.
  • United to Learn is collecting donations to help purchase food, blankets, coats, etc. for Dallas ISD students and families impacted by the recent snowstorm. You can support their efforts by donating here.
  • Mayor's Disaster Relief Fund - Provides relief grants to individuals/families for basic housing assistance & necessities for those in the City of Dallas affected by a federally declared natural disaster. Donations may be made via The Dallas Foundation here.
  • Metro Dallas Homeless Alliance - The Metro Dallas Homeless Alliance (MDHA) leads the development of an effective homeless response system that will make the experience of homelessness in Dallas and Collin Counties rare, brief, and non-recurring. MDHA brings together more than 85 shelter, housing and supportive services programs in retooling homeless services into a crisis response system.